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Day of Change
October 15, 2018
Your spare change goes a long way to help families with sick children
On October 15, many RMHC® (Ronald McDonald House Charities®) Chapters around the world share our mission and grow awareness of our largest on-going fundraiser – RMHC Donation Boxes in McDonald’s® restaurants. On this “Day of Change,” we encourage you to visit Central Ohio McDonald’s restaurants and drop your spare change in our Donation Boxes.
The very first Ronald McDonald House® opened in Philadelphia, PA on October 15, 1974. On October 15, there are over 364 Ronald McDonald Houses and over 237 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms around the world where families with sick children can stay close when they must travel far for their child’s medical care. Our House is the largest among them.
A dime here. A quarter there. It might not seem like much, but when thousands give, those coins can help children and families around the world. Last year, over $52 Million was donated to RMHC by McDonald’s customers through Donation Boxes alone. This allowed Chapters to provide approximately 650,000 overnight stays to families, as well as provide them meals, comfort and support. At Ronald McDonald House here in Columbus, we were able to provide 2,175 overnight stays from more than $174,000 we received from Donation Box revenue in 2017.
Just how powerful is the small change dropped into the Donation Box?
Change from one full Donation Box…
- Could give a family the comfort, support and resources they need, for one night, while their child is in the hospital, at our Ronald McDonald House, which is much more than just a place to sleep and eat.
- Could give parents a place to recharge, grab a bite to eat, take a shower, or get some rest, in The OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Ronald McDonald Family Room. Just steps from the NICU, our Ronald McDonald Family Room is as far away as parents with a sick infant want to be.
- Could help bring medical, dental and health care resources directly to children near their home and school, on RMHC of Central Ohio’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. A mobile clinic that gives families access to care they might not otherwise have.
The RMHC Donation Box program inside McDonald’s restaurants is the largest on-going fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. So, on October 15, if you visit a Central Ohio McDonald’s, please drop your spare change in the RMHC Donation Box and help keep families close to the care and resources they need. By the way, we’ll take your spare change any day too.